Grigori (Brothers of Ash and Fire #1)

by Lauren Smith

Published:  October 3, 2017
Genre: Paranormal Romance

He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline …
Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…
Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.


Great start to this new series! Dragon shifters are unique in and of themselves. I love it when we can get a new, fresh look at them. This is my first time reading this author. Although I thought the story rushed in some spots, for the most part it held my interest beginning to end.

This is Grigori's book. He is the eldest brother and thus patriarch of the family. All of his clan are gone except for his two brothers. In steps Madelyn, trying to prove or disprove once and for all the myth of the dragon. What follows is both eye opening and frightening.

This book brings us not only the mate attraction, but also some history, some action adventure and of course at least two super hot and gorgeous Dragons! I first thought to roll my eyes at the virgin "sacrifice" comments. Once the story unfolds and we find out all of Madelyn's secrets, it makes more sense. She is the right person in the right place to become Grigori's mate. What power and courage she has shown! Great match for him!

The best part....this is just book 1! Can't wait to meet the younger brothers in more detail. Looking forward to more from this author.

*Complimentary copy provided via Netgalley for an honest review.

Lauren Smith is a USA Today Best-Selling author and an Oklahoma attorney. She knew she was destined to be a romance writer when she attempted to re-write the entire Titanic movie just to save Jack from drowning. Connecting with readers by writing emotionally moving, realistic and sexy romances no matter what time period is her passion. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including: New England Reader’s Choice Awards, Greater Detroit BookSeller’s Best Awards, Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren, visit her at or twitter at @LSmithAuthor.



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